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Creative ways to light up your kitchen in 2023

Kitchens are the most used room in any home so getting the lighting right in this space is crucial, especially where there is an open plan design.

Layering different types of lights to cater for tasks (with spotlights or under cabinet led strips) or for ambience (think about dimmable bulbs) is crucial.

In this article I will share the hottest designers and trends for lighting up this space in 2023 and beyond.


What kind of lights should a kitchen have?

This hard working space needs a lot of light layering to ensure that you can see easily in every corner and that lights are soft without creating shadows where you are working.

My preference in the kitchen is always to have warm white light and lots of it that you can use as needed. So my lighting plan for the kitchen will include:

  • Downlights, spotlights or any other type of flush light as the main space lighting fixture, this is the one you light up when you first enter the room.

  • Under cabinet lights, these help eliminate the shadows from the spotlights once you start using the worktop to prepare food. You can have under-cabinet downlights or led strips.

  • Over cabinet lights (spot lights or LED strips) for ambience.

  • Pendant lights over an island or breakfast bar.

Next, let's have a look at the latest lighting trends and designers for all your kitchen lighting needs.